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How to Drive in Dangerous Weather

How to Drive in Dangerous Weather

The best way to prevent accidents is to learn to recognize the hazards and train on how to prevent them from causing a tragedy.

November 16, 2018

How To Work With Aviation Units

How To Work With Aviation Units

There is no substitute for some type of aircraft in the air to support your operations. It's imperative that the coordination between ground units and flight crews be seamless and problem free. But this is easier said than done.

June 10, 2017

How to Choose a Helicopter for Your Agency

How to Choose a Helicopter for Your Agency

If you're considering purchasing a helicopter for your agency, here are some topics you need to explore in your journey toward achieving flight operations.

February 29, 2016

How to Use Police Vehicle Tests

How to Use Police Vehicle Tests

The agencies that test new model-year, pursuit-rated vehicles offer complementary evaluations and differing methodologies that give them equal weight among vehicle purchasers.

November 1, 2012

Working with Tactical Flight Officers

Working with Tactical Flight Officers

Although many agencies are trying cost-cutting alternatives, it's been my experience as a field supervisor that there is no substitute for a helicopter in the air with a well-trained flight crew. Effective coordination between ground and air units is imperative.

October 1, 2011

How to Stretch Your Fleet Dollar

Managing the rising costs of police fleets is a challenge that all law enforcement agencies are facing. Fortunately, there are technologies available to help fleet managers better manage these costs and save their departments thousands of dollars annually.

April 1, 2008

How to Equip Patrol Cars

Most law enforcement agencies have been through the process of buying and equipping cars many times before. But just because you’ve done it before doesn’t mean you have to do it the same way every time. There are many choices when it comes to outfitting your patrol cars with lightbars, partitions, deck lights, and all the other accoutrements that make cruisers patrol ready. Maybe it’s time for your department to look into the different options.

April 1, 2005

The Money Crunch: Getting the Goods

The Money Crunch: Getting the Goods

Gone are the days of simple two-way radios and revolvers. Now each officer must carry a multitude of less-lethal weapons in addition to a gun and probably a PDA. While grants are useful, they aren’t the only means by which to acquire funding for equipment.

November 1, 2004

How To Start a Bicycle Patrol Unit

How To Start a Bicycle Patrol Unit

Today, more and more departments all over the world are adding bicycles to their arsenal of tools. Like any new tool or method, of course, barriers must be torn down. In the case of bicycles, the old attitude is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when starting a bike patrol unit.

May 1, 2004

How to Organize Your Patrol Car

How to Organize Your Patrol Car

It’s your home. For eight hours a day, your patrol car is your home and office. But is it also the local junkyard? It doesn’t need to be. Today there are a number of ways to keep your mobile office organized.

February 1, 2004

How to Start an Air Support Unit

How to Start an Air Support Unit

When an agency evaluates the concept of creating an air support unit, there is always someone at the tip of the spear.

October 1, 2003

How to...Buy a Mobile Command Unit

How to...Buy a Mobile Command Unit

They may seem like big, expensive hunks of metal on wheels, but many agencies have come to realize that mobile command vehicles offer many advantages for the cost.

August 1, 2003

How to...Purchase Patrol Cars

How to...Purchase Patrol Cars

You know your agency needs patrol cars, and that some new ones show up every year or so, but you might not be aware of the intricacies of the process. Keeping that process running smoothly could mean the difference between patrolling by car and walking your beat.

July 1, 2003

How to Conduct a High-Speed Pursuit

How to Conduct a High-Speed Pursuit

As you wait at the intersection a woman zooms past you, running the red light going 50 mph, 25 miles over the speed limit. Should you drive after her?

April 1, 2003

Squeak, Rattle, and Beep

Squeak, Rattle, and Beep

As any officer who has ever worked the midnight shift knows, sound travels and night. We all tend to laugh at suspects who give away their hidden positions by making some little noise, yet we are bigger culprits than they are when it comes to announcing our presence to the world.

February 1, 2001

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